Donald E. Gieseman, 81, of Asbury, Iowa, passed away Saturday August 4, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals, due to injuries sustained in a pedestrian vs. motor vehicle accident.
Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 10 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White Street, Dubuque, where Don was a member. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday at Egelhof, Siegert, Casper Funeral Home, 2659 JFK, Dubuque. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. A visitation will also be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Friday at the church.
Don was born May 27, 1937, to Henry and Belle (Tietgen) Gieseman in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended Jefferson Junior High School in Dubuque, where he was part of a singing quartet. They submitted a record which took first place in the 1949 National Boys Club of America vocal quartet competition. They sang the "Boys Club Marching Song" and the hymn, "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Former U.S. President, Herbert Hoover, and elder statesman, Bernard Baruch, announced in New York City that the award went to Don's group, and they were thrilled to learn they had won. Don graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, and served twelve years in the United States Navy and in the Naval Reserve. He became a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, and worked for many years as an engineer at John Deere in Dubuque. After he retired he continued to work as an engineering consultant for several years. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers since 1966; and a member of the John Deere Retiree Association. Don was a judo enthusiast, and also was a fitness instructor at the Dubuque YM/YWCA. He had a lifelong love of books and learning, which he passed along to a few of his nieces and nephews, and to some of the young people he mentored through his work with DeMolay youth at the Masonic Temple, where he was a longstanding member and leader. Don played a key role in every Masonic organization in Dubuque for many years. He received the Legion of Honor, which is the highest award that can be bestowed by the DeMolay. Don will be remembered for his intelligence, his wit, his kindness, and his commitment to working for the betterment of his community and his country.
He is survived by his brother Kermit Gieseman in Palm Bay, FL; by his sister-in-law Mary Juen Gieseman in Dubuque; and by several nieces, nephews, and chosen family, whose lives he enriched with his quick wit and interesting conversation, and who benefited from his guidance, generosity and kind heart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his sisters and their spouses, Lois and Lewis Holm, and Arliss and Donovan Hyde; by his sister Corinne "Corky" Krelle; by his brother and sister-in-law, Calvin and Marlene Gieseman, by his brother Dale Gieseman; by his sister-in-law Shirley Gieseman; and by three nephews: David Holm in 1967, James "Coach" Gieseman in 1987, and Peter Holm in 2016.
In lieu of plants and flowers a Donald E. Gieseman memorial fund has been established. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Deb Langkamp, who was Don's neighbor and friend, and who, at least once, literally saved his life. We also want to thank the Dubuque Fire and Police responders who cared for Don at the accident scene; the staff at Mercy ER, the Mercy Air Care crew; and the University of Iowa Hospitals ER, ICU, and Palliative Care teams, especially Dr. Rogers, Jenn, Katie, Victoria and Eric.